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Events leading up to Ponce-Rocha's arrest


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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Breanna Schneller, 18, a beautiful, outgoing D.C. Everest student was beaten and stabbed to death May 2nd, 2009 in the Wausau apartment she shared with her fiance and his brother.

Just a few days later then 22-year-old Raul Ponce-Rocha was arrrested in Dodge County on an immigration hold. Brought back to Marathon County he was charged with her murder.

Investigators linked Ponce-Rocha to Schneller through her fiance. Both men worked at a Rib Mountain restaurant. And, that's the place police found evidence of the murder in a dumpster.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel said, "Breanna's cell phone (was there) and there were two pairs of gloves and mismatched gloves and two pairs of what we believe are Breanna's underwear."

During interviews with restaurant employees, police say Ponce-Rocha gave misleading information.

"Questions to which detectives knew the answer to peaked the interest of detectives to find out more information including his wherabouts during Breanna's murder," said Chief Hardel.

His whereabouts confirmed he was picking up a coworker within the timespan of Schneller's murder at her apartment building. He was eventually charged with her murder pleading not guilty.

Family and friends continue to mourn Schneller's loss in the almost 2 years marking her death. But closure will likely only come with a conclusion to her murder case.

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